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Definition of "badinage" [ba•di•nage]

  • Light, playful banter. (noun)
  • Playful or frivolous repartee or banter (noun)

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Use "badinage" in a sentence
  • "In describing a scene in which sexist badinage is exchanged at an account meeting, McLean correctly points out that “the series is critical of this limited view and is not afraid to spell [its criticism] out.”"
  • "I stipulate that this sounded idiotic, but when you are facing a large and menacing Viking, badinage is the first casualty."
  • "Similarly, with "badinage" - the phonetic meaning comes out as "bad in age" - memory, sex, teeth."